DANCEPiano Music Through the Centuries
Robert Livingston Aldridge, Johann Sebastian Bach, William Bolcom, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Walter Gieseking, Enrique Granados, Chung Eun Kim, Franz Liszt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gottlieb Muffat, Wim Statius Muller, Ernesto Nazareth, Manuel Ponce, Ottorino Respighi, Eric Satie, Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich
MIN KWON, piano
“captivating enthusiasm, superb technique, warm emotional lyricism, and explosive energy”
PROGRAM NOTESThere is an inexplicable attribute of music that seems to induce the human form into motion with a reaction tangible, rhythmic and artistic; in other words, to dance. When he wrote “Dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music [with] the additional merit of being human and palpable”, Baudelaire confirmed that dancing incarnates this medium of invisibility. The music that follows, dances and dance-inspired music, spans nearly four centuries and is written by composers both known and being discovered. Exploring the intersection of these two art forms, it is a collection of pieces that is subtle, gentle and unexpected; here waiting to be discovered — with an invitation, delivered aurally, by two hands.
I wonder what it would be like if the world around us moved just a bit slower…
If everything was just a bit more old-fashioned…
If everyone was just a bit more tolerant...
If everything was just a bit less perfect…
If the leisure and beauty between the moments had a chance to blossom,
I think I would smile more.
I think I might even cry more...
This album is an anthology of dances and dance-inspired music
that, I hope, will help you reminisce.
Do you remember the chandeliers in the room?
Do you remember the reflections in the water?
Do you remember the stars in the night sky?
Let us remember. Let us dance. Let us love. Let us live.
PROGRAMJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Allemande (from French Suite No.6 in E major, BWV 817)
GOTTLIEB MUFFAT (1690-1770)
Bourée in G minor, R 97 (from Suite No.2)
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Minuet in C, K.61g, II
FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Variation on a Theme of Diabelli (Waltz), D.718
12 Graz Waltzes, D.924
FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Mazurka in A minor, Op.59, No.1
FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
Petite Valse Favorite, S.212
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Le plus que lente (Valse)
ERNESTO NAZARETH (1863-1934)
Nove de Julho
ERIC SATIE (1866-1925)
Je te veux (Valse)
ENRIQUE GRANADOS (1867-1916)
Danse Espagnole No.5 in E minor (Andaluza)
OTTORINO RESPIGHI (1879-1936)
Valse Caressante (from Six Pieces for Piano)
MANUEL PONCE (1882-1948)
Malgré tout (Despite all)
WALTER GIESEKING (1895-1956)
Tempo di Charleston (Drei Tanz Improvisation No.3)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Prelude No.24 in D minor, Op.34 (Gavotte)
WIM STATIUS MULLER (b. 1930)
Avila Beach Waltz, Op.4, No.2 (Antillean Dance No.12)
WILLIAM BOLCOM (b. 1938)
Graceful Ghost Rag
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ROBERT LIVINGSTON ALDRIDGE (b. 1954)
CHUNG EUN KIM (b. 1978)
A Variation on the Diabelli Theme